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Seven Gwinnett Seniors Among National Merit Winners

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced that seven Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) seniors were selected as 2016 National Merit Scholars. The seven Gwinnett students who join a growing list of students who continue to receive notification of scholarships are:

 Grayson High School

Noah M. Wilson

Probable career field: Biomedical Engineering

National Merit $2,500 Scholarship

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology

Jonathan R. Jeffrey

Probable career field: Electrical Engineering

National Merit $2,500 Scholarship

 Mountain View High School

Amy Catherine Jenkins

Probable career field: Medicine

National Merit $2,500 Scholarship

North Gwinnett High School

Victoria S. Joshi

Probable career field: Mechanical Engineering (Robotics)

National Merit $2,500 Scholarship

 Parkview High School

Anima Shrestha

Probable career field: Neurosurgery

National Merit $2,500 Scholarship

 Lillian Wang

Probable career field: Biomedical Engineering

National Merit $2,500 Scholarship

Peachtree Ridge High School

Priyanka Desai

Probable career field: Consulting

National Merit $2,500 Scholarship

The National Merit Scholars are part of a group of distinguished students nationwide judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. As designees, they each receive a scholarship for $2,500.

The students were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors from a pool of more than 15,000 finalists in the 2016 National

Merit Scholarship Program. The committee reviewed each student’s academic record including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from two standardized tests; contributions/leadership in school and community activities; an

essay written by the student; and a recommendation written by a high school official.

The competition began when more than 1.5 million students, who at the time were high school juniors, took the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as the initial screening for program entrants. The highest scoring participants in each state were then selected as semifinalists. From the semifinalist group, 15,000 met the very high academic standards and other requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition.